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Carver County

Table of goal data by year
Year Rank 100/20 Mbps
2023 #24 of 87 91.15%
2022 #19 of 87 93.2%
2021 #25 of 87 90.2%
2020 #20 of 87 89.37%
2019 #16 of 87 92.14%
2018 #17 of 87 85.09%
2017 #18 of 87 81.04%

Carver County: CarverLink Makes Plans for 2024

Carver County ranks 24 (down from 19) for broadband access out of 87 counties. They have 2967 households without access to broadband at that speed. Estimates indicate that it will cost $27.5 million to get to ubiquitous broadband in the county.

Carver County is lucky to have CarverLink, a publicly owned broadband fiber optics network that celebrated a 10-year anniversary in September 2023. (They shared a nice history of the project at the time.) Unfortunately, they have seen a slight dip in ranking and coverage in the last year, but that’s likely to be from map correction. But their they made a plan in September to help reverse that…

Sept 2023 the County Board unanimously approves moving forward with the preliminary 2024 recommended budget which includes $2.5 million that would be utilized to expand the current Connect Up Carver project with a Connect Up Carver 2.0 project. This project and funding would essentially provide the County what it needs to become the first County in the State of MN to make available high speed bandwidth to all locations within the County that want it.

With leadership from CarverLink, Carver County retains its green ranking.

Household Density


Number of Providers


As of 2023 · Source: MN DEED

Households with Device Access

A Device 94.1% 95.5%
Desktop or Laptop 89.6% 83.2%
Smartphone 83.1% 90.1%
Tablet 67.5% 65.8%
Other 4.8% 2.3%

Has Worked with Blandin Foundation


Has Received MN Grant(s)


2013, Carver County received ARRA funding for Carverlink, a publicly owned 89-mile base ring with 33 miles of lateral lines. It was completed in Fall of 2013.

Government Districts

U.S. Congress: CD 3, CD 6

MN Senate: 17, 48

MN House: 17B, 48A, 48B

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